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Democracy and Values of the Enlightenment Under Siege

October 2017

by Marc Grossman Reprinted with permission from the author and YaleGlobal Online. Many US Presidents since John F. Kennedy have cited the Enlightenment as the foundation for America’s constitutional system and the values which the United States and the … Continued

Runs, Hikes, & Cops in Bohemia

January 2017

by Peter Bridges After five good years in our Rome embassy, my family and I were transferred in late 1971 to the American embassy in Prague. This was three years after the Soviet army had crushed Alexander Dubček’s “socialism with … Continued

Vienna Snow and Soviet Meltdown

October 2016

by Robert Baker Vienna was snowed in when I first visited there in 1972. Twenty years later I was back in Vienna to relax and to direct the Regional Program Office’ excellent staff. Then Moscow melted and the Office had … Continued

Spies, Patriots, and Traitors

November 2014

Review by Amb. (ret.) Edward Marks        Spies, Patriots, and Traitors: American Intelligence in the Revolutionary War by Kenneth A. Daigler, Georgetown University Press: Washington, DC, 2014, ISBN-13: 978-1626160507, 336 pp., $23.94 (Hardcover), $16.17 (Kindle). The American Revolution and spying are … Continued

A Life Lived in CIA, the White House and the Two Koreas

November 2014

Review by Ted Wilkinson Pot Shards: Fragments of a Life Lived in CIA, the White House and the Two Koreas by Donald Gregg, New Academia Publishing, 2014, ISBN-13: 978-0990447115, 332 pages, $38.00 (Hardcover), $26.00 (Paperback), $7.99 (Kindle). Apart from its … Continued

The Good Spy

May 2014

Review by Donald Camp The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames by Kai Bird, New York: Crown, May 20, 2014, ISBN-13: 978-0307889751, 448 pp., $20.03 (Hardcover), $10.99 (Kindle). Robert Ames, “The Good Spy” in Kai Bird’s masterful … Continued

Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America

April 2010

Review by Benjamin L. Landis
John Earl Haynes, Harvey Klehr, and Alexander Vassiliev; Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America, Yale University Press: New Haven, CT, 2009, ISBN 978-0-300-16438-1, 548,

Intelligence and Covert Action

March 2009

Time for a Divorce by Haviland Smith A retired CIA station chief examines they marriage between human intelligence collection and covert action that came about in the early years of the Cold War and its detrimental effects on the Agency’s … Continued

Flawed Patriot: The Rise and Fall of CIA Legend Bill Harvey

August 2008

Reviewed by Robert Rayle Bayard Stockton, Flawed Patriot: The Rise and Fall of CIA Legend Bill Harvey, Potomac Books, Dulles, VA, 357 pages, $28.95 Bill Harvey was arguably America’s most competent and effective intelligence and counter-intelligence officer of the past … Continued